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The whole world of his time was open to Tom Jones ; the only one open to Fanny
Burney was that accessible to a conventionally brought up upper middle class
young lady constantly chaperoned , a world of routs , assemblies , balls , and tea
He could no longer afford the open cynicism of Vivian Grey , and when it
appeared , Coningsby was at once a tract for the times , a political manifesto ,
and an expression of the grossest flattery towards its author's young supporters ,
four men ...
For the particular young woman he almost certainly went back to the memories of
his adored cousin , Minny Temple , who died at the age of twenty - four . The
figure of Minny Temple was a most potent symbol in James's life , the symbol of ...
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The Eighteenth Century
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